Greg Green is the Principal at Clintondale High School. He has contributed substantial effort towards the Flipped movement by both implementing the model at Clintondale Community Schools and encouraging other schools to do the same. He has been invited to speak about the Flipped model at several events, one of which was an appearance on CNN.
Meloney Cargill, Assistant Principal at Clintondale High School, has served as a school administrator for the past 2 years and a classroom teacher in the Clintondale Community School system for 15 years. Understanding the changes that her district is undergoing, and being open and flexible in the approaches to handling these changes has presented her district the opportunity to Flip its high school.
Dawn Sanchez is the 9th Grade Center Director at Clintondale High School. She, too, has become involved in the development of the Flipped model in Clintondale Community Schools. Having witnessed the increase in test scores at her school in result of flipping, she hopes to spread the word so other schools can achieve the same.
An interview with Greg, Meloney, and Dawn:
How did you get introduced to the Flipped model? Why’d you decide to implement it?
(G) It was more about getting introduced to the problem. We needed something different. We thought how can we better serve our students? The Flipped model isn’t a new concept but implementing it in our high school was. One of our teachers tried it and had great success so we decided to give it a try.
How has the Flipped model helped your school?
(D) It’s leveled out the playing field. Those students who normally wouldn’t have someone at home to help them with homework, or those who aren’t able to take all the things they need with them back and forth on the bus can now mediate themselves and review things as needed.
(M) It has reduced our failure rates and increased test scores, including ACT scores.
(G) Video can offer all kinds of advantages: it’s available 24/7, helps people who are absent, and has great instructional quality. Flipping our classrooms has increased all levels of ACT grades within 6 months. College writing scores have more than doubled, from 12%-29%.
What suggestions do you have for other schools who are interested in flipping their classrooms?
(M) Technology is only a piece of it, but there’s a lot more. It’s really about providing instruction before class and giving students access to a field. Technology is just a tool in that process.
(D) Hands-on learning and projects are key.
How are parents reacting to the Flipped model?
(G) We barely get complaints from parents anymore. I think we had about seven complaints total all year this year. That’s a reduction of about…1000%! The role of parents has changed. They’re not teaching anymore; they’re providing technology. They’re learning along with their students.
How are students reacting to it? Do they like it?
(M) The students feel more “grown-up” because they get to utilize the technology even though they’re not in college. It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a few weeks for students to get used to it, but they love it once they get it.
(D) It helps them become responsible. Once they become involved they feel like they have some control over learning. They go to that next level… a higher level of thinking. Then they want to know more.
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